Founded in 1982 in honor of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, the awards and grants have been created to assist emerging artists with their training. In its 25-year history, the foundation has awarded 450 individuals with over $5 million-worth of grants, scholarships and honorariums.
Theatre grant candidates must be nominated by the artistic director of a theatre company or the Dean or department chair of a professional non-profit theatre school. Scholarships are commensurate with tuition costs, while fellowships are determined through the proposed fees for the candidate's engagement with a company.
Playwriting candidates must submit a full-length, unproduced and unpublished work. The winning playwright earns a $7,500 cash grant; residency at New York's New Dramatists, Inc.; inclusion in the library at New Dramatists; and representation by publisher Samuel French.
Princess Grace Award recipients are judged on the quality of the candidate's past work, potential for future excellence, and the impact the collaboration between the nominating organization and the artist will have on the individual's artistic growth.
Previous Princess Grace Award winners include Donna Lynne Champlin, Christopher Ashley, Oscar Isaac, Tony Kushner, Tina Landau, Eric Simonson, Nilaja Sun, Kenneth Lin, James McManus, Adam Rapp and Kate Robin. The deadline for nominations and submission is March 31. Guidelines and applications are available by visiting www.pgfusa.org.